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Inspire a young Aboriginal girl through the YWCA Aboriginal Mentorship Program


Become a Mentor

Who are the mentees?

Mentees are Aboriginal teen girls from high schools and alternative programs across Vancouver. They are creative, thoughtful girls looking to have fun and learn more about themselves and their culture from solid, strong, self-identified women from within the community.

The mentee/mentor relationship provides the mentees with a chance to glimpse what life can look like beyond adolescence and how to create and maintain healthy relationships in their lives. Read Priscilla and Jayleen's story.

YWCA Metro Vancouver's Aboriginal Mentorship Program provides opportunities for youth to connect with community, culture, tradition and art through a group mentoring relationship with positive female Aboriginal role models, elders and skilled facilitators.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share your knowledge, skills and experience and help shape the life young women in your community. 

How does the program work?
Who are the mentors?
Who are the mentees?
How can I get involved?

How does the program work?

The program requires a minimum commitment of one school year and meeting attendance for a few hours, twice a month (Sundays), from November through May.

Mentors will engage in fun, creative, arts-based, social, cultural and educational activities and outings, and will build special friendships while providing a positive influence on the development and growth of teen girls in the community.

The program will be facilitated by a YWCA coordinator, in collaboration with elders and contracted facilitators who specialize in art, performance, girl's empowerment, traditional teachings and more. Mentors will receive training on group dynamics, facilitation and mentorship, and the coordinator will work closely with mentors to provide the support needed

Who are the mentors

We are looking for Aboriginal women aged 19+ who:

  • Have a balanced, welcoming personality, positive attitude, intention to lead a healthy lifestyle, and a strong connection or desire to connect with culture and traditions.
  • Enjoy working with youth and understand the challenges facing urban Aboriginal teen girls
  • Are reliable and able to commit to meeting with mentees twice a month over a seven-month period
  • Queer/Two-Spirit identified volunteers and allies are welcome and encouraged to apply

Our volunteers are young, self-identified Aboriginal women who are dedicated to helping to provide empowerment opportunities for teen girls. Mentors recognize the unique role they can play in their mentees’ lives as a healthy role model outside of the parent or peer relationship. A mentor can be a role model who may have had similar life experiences as her mentee’s and is today living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The valuable friendship and bond that develops between mentors and mentees can truly transform personal paths and development.

By being a mentor, you can:

  • Be a positive adult role model for a group of teen girls
  • Act as an alternative confidante (in addition to a parent or a peer)
  • Share experiences and insights with mentees
  • Inspire mentees to pursue her education/career goals
  • Help mentees expand their horizons
  • Contribute and connect with the community in a direct and meaningful way
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Gain experience working with youth and build your resume

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Who are the mentees?

Mentees are Aboriginal teen girls from high schools and alternative programs across Vancouver. They are creative, thoughtful girls looking to have fun and learn more about themselves and their culture from solid, strong, self-identified women from within the community.

The mentee/mentor relationship provides the mentees with a chance to glimpse what life beyond adolescence can look like, and how to create and maintain healthy relationships in their lives.

How can I get involved?

To become a mentor you will need to:

  • Submit an application form and send it back to the program coordinator by Friday, October 26, 2012
  • Provide three references
  • Complete a criminal record check
  • Be interviewed by the program coordinator 
  • Attend a group interview and orientation session on Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Attend an orientation/training session on Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Be available to attend bi-monthly meetings from 1:00 to 4:00pm every other Sunday from November 18, 2012 to May 26, 2013 (holidays will be observed)

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For more information on the YWCA Metro Vancouver's Aboriginal Mentorship Program and on becoming a mentor, please contact program coordinator Anna Soole. Anna is a Métis facilitator, community organizer and performer with years of experience facilitating fun, interactive, arts-based empowerment programs for Aboriginal women and girls.

Contact
Anna Soole
Program Coordinator
YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5798
fax 604 684 9171
asoole@ywcavan.org

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